Jeannette Walls, author of the best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, and an upcoming novel also on the theme of overcoming adversity, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual ORIX Foundation Dinner on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. ORIX Foundation is the charitable foundation of Dallas-based financial services leader ORIX USA, which has committed more than $3.7 million to nonprofit organizations over the last three years, including $545,000 in grants in 2013 for twenty-three North Texas nonprofits.
In The Glass Castle, which has been a New York Times bestseller for more than three years, Walls describes her nomadic childhood and the determination it took for her and her siblings to overcome extreme poverty, their father’s alcohol abuse, hunger, homelessness and other hardships. At the ORIX Foundation event, Walls will share lessons learned from challenges she and her family faced, many of which are social issues that ORIX Foundation addresses through its philanthropic initiatives. Walls will release a new novel, “The Silver Star,” shortly after the ORIX Foundation Dinner, on June 11, 2013.
The novel, like her memoir, explores themes of youth overcoming adversity and injustice in an adult world. The Glass Castle has spent more than 300 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list, sold more than 2 million copies, been translated into sixteen languages. The book is also being made into a motion picture by Paramount Studios, currently in talks with Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games fame. “Jeannette Walls demonstrates that an individual’s future does not have to be dictated by the past. Many North Texans face challenges similar to those Walls experienced, and ORIX Foundation and ORIX USA employees proudly dedicate their time, talent and resources to help create brighter futures for North Texans in need,” said Carol Greene, director of ORIX Foundation.
Proceeds from the ORIX Foundation Dinner will go toward strengthening the Dallas-Fort Worth community by supporting nonprofit organizations that advance education, provide food and shelter to those in need, protect children from abuse, assist individuals with disabilities and address the needs of veterans. In addition to Walls’ keynote address, the dinner will feature the music of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy Jazz Band.
WHEN: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
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